0075_1989 Governors Conference-Lamar Alexander_in school from 3 months old to 18 years old_YouTube_transcript

by Donna Jack

Lamar Alexander was the U.S. Secretary of Education under President H. W. Bush. He believed that a child should be in school from 3 months old until 18, 12 hours a day, year round. He saw no place for children in the lives of their families.

Some of Lamar’s quotes from the 1989 Governors’ Conference speech on Youtube:

“…these schools will serve children from age 3 months old to age 18.”

“…there ought to be a team of teachers attached to a child from the day that child arrives in the school to stay with that child all the way to the 8th grade”

“You would create just one school and you’d give the responsibility to one person who would form one team. You give them one year or so, and if they succeeded, then all the rest of us would want to be in that school, too! Wouldn’t we?”

 

[From YouTube:]

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“Uploaded on May 3, 2011

“Lamar Alexander lays out the plan to restructure education at the 11-2-1989 Governors Conference on Education in Wichita, Kansas. The Conference title was “Schools, Goals and the 1990s”. As George Bush, Sr’s Secretary of Education, he implemented education restructuring as America 2000 that specified creation of the New American Schools Development Corporation. He is currently senior Senator from Tennessee and Conference Chair of the Republican Party. http://www.ontheissues.org/Senate/Lam…”

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Transcript of Lamar Alexander’s 1989 Governors’ Conference Speech – by Donna Jack

1989 Governors Conference-Lamar Alexander

…. As far as I know, this is the first state summit following the President’s summit, and I think that’s a great credit to your governor of the State of Kansas, to be doing that. At least your timing is good!

I would suggest three things:

Number 1: Find out what’s really going on because I don’t think most people know—- what’s going on in schools, how children are growing up, what’s really going on in the world.

Number 2: I want to suggest that you create, in Kansas, a brand New American School. Brand New American School.

Number 3: I want to suggest that when you do that, you help that new school develop some new goals and new report cards for itself.

I would go down to the maternity ward of the local hospital, or whatever you call the part of the hospital where the nurses are who are there when the babies are born. Find out how many babies are born out of wedlock, how many babies are born with single parents. Just so you know that!

I would think the Brand New American School would be year-round, open from 6:00 to 6:00.

A second characteristic might be that these schools will serve children from age 3 months old to age 18. That may be a shocking thought to you; but, if you were to do an inventory of every baby in your community and think about what the needs of those babies were for the next four or five years, you might see that those needs might not be served any other way. They have to be served in some way and maybe around the school. Or, if you study a little more, you might go back and think the school might have to serve the pregnant mother of the baby in terms of prenatal healthcare….

…teams of teachers. Albert Shanker suggested that maybe there ought to be a team of teachers attached to a child from the day that child arrives in the school to stay with that child all the way to the 8th grade.

All this would mean there would have to be a very professional corps of teachers, wouldn’t it? They’d have to be very, very good because they would have to be dealing with lots of volunteers. We have a big national service feeling in America today. Why aren’t those people working in schools? Well, one reason is it’s hard to handle volunteers!

So, this team of highly trained principals and teachers would have to have career ladders. They would have to be master teachers. They would be paid $50,000-$60,000-$70,000 a year to create a Brand New American School in every state capital.

The great advantage of that is there wouldn’t be all these arguments of whether to do this program, or that program, or which one to do first. You wouldn’t do any of them! You would create just one school and you’d give the responsibility to one person who would form one team. You give them one year or so, and if they succeeded, then all the rest of us would want to be in that school, too! Wouldn’t we?

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